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MLK Weekend Events 2024

National Day of Racial Healing Community Conversation

Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. – noon with a breakfast 8 a.m.
First Baptist Church of Raleigh, N. Salisbury Street

Together with The Encouraging Place and the Triangle MLK Committee, the YMCA will co-host a local interactive conference, open to the community, for the Kellogg Foundation’sNational Day of Racial Healing. The event at First Baptist Church is an opportunity to bring all people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

The morning will feature a continental breakfast, speakers and small group breakout sessions.

  • 8 – 9 a.m., check-in, continental breakfast and networking
  • 9 – 10 a.m., welcome and speakers
  • 10 – 11 a.m. , small group breakout sessions
  • 11 a.m. – Noon, group topic presentations, next steps and closing remarks

A complete agenda will be available closer to the event.




44th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations

Join your community with a variety of events held in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. These events are held in conjunction with the Triangle MLK Committee. 

Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

Monday, Jan. 15, 7 – 9 a.m. 
Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham

The YMCA of the Triangle is a co-sponsor of the annual breakfast presented by the Triangle MLK Committee that brings together community members and leaders in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s enduring legacy. A Lightner Y Achievers teen will be among the slate of speakers in the first half of the program.

Keynote speaker: The Reverend Canon Dr. Sandye A Wilson

  • Doors open at 6 a.m. Breakfast is available until 8 a.m.
  • The program starts at 7:15 a.m.

Memorial March

Monday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. 
Downtown Raleigh

The Lightner Y Achievers will lead the YMCA of the Triangle’s presence at the annual MLK Day March. March line-up begins at 10 a.m. with the event beginning at 11 a.m. from the State Capitol. 


Monday, Jan. 15, Noon 
Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts 

Keynote Speaker: Reverend Sharon Dean, Pastor, Wake Chapel Church (Raleigh)

Evening Musical Celebration

Monday, Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m. 
Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts

A musical event featuring local and national artists from around the Triangle to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 15,  All Day

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage individuals to volunteer within their communities in honor of Dr. King's legacy. Several YMCA of the Triangle branches are hosting events for staff, members and neighbors to come together for a common goal. Check back in January for a full list of events!